Thursday, 11 January 2018

Scrap The Yearly Detox

The new year is finally here; I hope you have all had a great Christmas and New Years and enjoyed the fantastic food and drink that comes along with it.

However, the seasonal celebrations can often leave us feeling jaded and overindulged. So it is no surprise that the word Detox can sound appealing, especially with big companies pushing a plethora of Detox practices such as fasts and crash diets.

These can be detrimental to your fitness as the majority are extremely low calorie and primarily liquids, in turn, these type of diets can cause severe health risks such as vitamin deficiencies, muscle breakdown, irritability and headaches. Depriving your body of these essential vitamins and minerals can be bad news for your body, and can often cause more harm than good. 

Ok, I know what you are thinking, ‘So what should I do instead?’ Well if you keep an eye on my social media this month I will be posting some top tips on how to stay healthy this year, such as keeping active and introducing a digital detox. You may also want to have a look at some of the holistic treatments I have on offer at the salon.

What I hope you take away from my no-tox tips, is that there is no need to go to extremes and deprive your body in the pursuit of weight loss, instead simple lifestyle adjustments and taking time to show your mind and body some love can make all the difference! Have a happy, healthy January and let me know if you try any of my ditch the detox tips.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Uh oh! I’ve had a bit too much to drink and now my skin is suffering!!

Whilst many of us just enjoy the occasional social drink throughout the year, Christmas with all the parties and extra celebrations that take place, often mean that alcohol consumption increases and quite dramatically.

So why does alcohol have such a bad effect on our skin?

Alcohol is a major cause of free radical formation, vascular damage (i.e. broken capillaries and redness), dehydration and premature ageing. But why?
  • Alcohol is toxic to the body and puts a strain on liver function (one function is to detoxify the body overnight) which can cause the skin to look sallow or even yellow
  • Toxins in the body affect the immunology of the skin and its general metabolism is impaired
  • This toxicity also causes inflammation which then increases free radical formation
  • Alcohol is highly dehydrating which compromises the protective barrier on the surface of our skin, one result is the skin doesn’t naturally exfoliate, or desquamate to use the technical term, giving matt, dull, flaky, rough, grey colour and accentuating fine lines all over the skin’s surface.
  • The loss of the protective barrier also leads to increased sensitivity and reactivity in the skin
  • Which also contributes to the creation of vaso-dilation damage on the skin, as the surface blood vessels expand with alcohol leading to broken capillaries, particularly on the cheeks and nose area
  • There is a known link between alcohol consumption and the development of acne rosacea, a persistent and difficult condition to treat and distressing to the individual
  • A general blemished appearance and the skin will look puffy due to the tissue fluid leakage from dilated blood vessels
  • Skin will be more photo sensitive, leaving the skin even more susceptible to UV Light damage, creating irregular pigmentation
  • In general, the skin will be more easily irritated with permanent or fluctuating diffused redness
  • Alcohol is a diuretic, so not only does it force more water out of the body, it also makes it difficult to rehydrate because alcohol hinders the production of the hormone Vasopressin and that’s the hormone that helps to reabsorb water
  • It decreases the single most important Vitamin to the skin and super antioxidant – Vitamin A. Vitamin A is key for cell renewal and cell turnover. This is where we get our glowing skin from. A lack of Vitamin A means it’s harder to protect yourself from free radicals.
  • The presence of sugar and salt in drink triggers the hormone IGF-1 which causes an over production of oil, again affecting the balance of the skin’s protective barrier
  • Sugar leads to inflammation
  • Salt leads to bloating and undereye bags
OK, doesn’t sound good does it? But, occasional excess is quickly repaired by rehydrating yourself.
So let’s think about how to minimise these and other effects during the party season……..
  • Increase hydration levels by drinking water in between glasses of alcohol, so reducing the alcohol consumption and helping to offset the dehydrating quality of alcohol
  • Eat while you drink as food will slow down the release of sugar
  • Low intensity exercise can help clear the head after a party
  • Walnuts are high in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. Antioxidants neutralise free radical damage caused by alcohol
  • Eating Avocados which are high in dietary fibre and good cholesterol, help to keep liver damage at bay
  • A supercharged apple and banana smoothie is classed a heart helper in a glass according to Men’s Health magazine and eating Tuna due to Vitamin D will help boost testosterone – alcohol does not improve your sex life!
  • Drink wine, spritzers rather than hard spirits and avoid sugar laden mixers, use soda water or tonic instead. Red wine does contain antioxidants in called Polyphenols
  • Dr Perricone suggests the following post indulgence routine;
    • 10-12 ounces glass of water
    • 1000 mg of Vitamin C
    • 1200 mg of n-acetyl cysteine, an amino acid
    • 100 mg of alpha lipoic acid, an antioxidant
    • 1000 mg glutamine, an amino acid
    • 500 mg of pantothenic acid, a B-complex capsule
  • At Ginger Tree we stock the Advanced Nutrition Programme and would recommend Skin Vit C Plus, Skin Complete (Vit A & Antioxidants) and Glutamine
  • Lastly, there is a homeopathic remedy called Nux-V and as a post party first aid rescue, a low dose can help clear the head and nausea. Available from Helios Homeopathic Pharmacy.
So you know what happens to your skin and you’ve got some tips to help you through the season…..everything in moderation.

Happy Christmas and a Wonderful New Year

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Rose Clay and Rosehip Mask

Hello fans of real organic skincare, I’d just like to remind you that during a Pinks Facial we often use the Rose Clay and Rosehip Mask. Many of you already have a home routine using Pink Boutique, but I’m sure this is going to be another great addition to your home skincare.

For those of you who are unsure as to what makes this mask that little bit different, the Rose Clay and Rosehip Mask is a delicate moisturising mask for normal to dry and sensitive skin. It is a gentle, non-setting mask, handmade with sun dried rose clay from France. Having tried the mask myself, I am pleased to say it leaves the skin with a real glow, and I loved how healthy my skin looked afterwards.

The mask is great for all skin types, including sensitive skin, and is easily applied with your fingers. It also has some lovely ingredients, such as Shea Butter and Sunflower seed oil, that helps to leave your skin soft, smoothed and plumped. It is also multipurpose as you can use it as a balm to treat your lips when it gets nippy this winter.

If you’re interested in the Rose Clay mask, or any of the other Pink Boutique products, they are all available from my online shop. Or, you could give me a call if you have any questions about the products. I’m always happy to help!

Friday, 15 December 2017

Why do we need antioxidants?

We hear the word Antioxidants a lot these day, but what exactly are Antioxidants and why do we need them?

An Antioxidant stops Oxidation. Some examples from every day of oxidation are when a freshly cut apple or avocado turns brown, a nail becomes rusty or a copper statue turns green.

Oxidation has created damage, by the formation of free radicals.  Free radicals are public enemy number 1 to the skin!  The technical name for free radicals is Reactive Oxygen Species – sounds even worse doesn’t it!!

The vast majority of skin damage, dysfunction, disease and premature ageing is caused by the activity of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable atoms and need to be stopped in their tracks to limit their damage to healthy functioning cells.

How does a free radical develop?  A healthy oxygen atom becomes a free radical atom, when the healthy atom is agitated by an adverse energy source e.g. UV light, inflammation caused by pollution or stress. The agitated atom throws off one of its electrons to try and release the unwanted energy. So, the previously healthy atom is now missing an electron and gets even more agitated, the lost electron goes in search of another atom to join up to, that other atom in turn now has too many electrons and becomes agitated and throws off an electron and so on creating a chain reaction leading to Oxidative Stress and the oxygen molecules are now disfigured and cannot function properly.

Free radicals invade body cells, breaking through the membrane, negatively affecting the structures and function of the cell and deprive it of oxygen. If these free radicals damage the nucleus (“heart of the cell”), irregular cell reproduction will occur leading to irregular dysfunction in the skin, premature ageing and disorders and diseases of the skin, and if the DNA is changed, then cancerous change will occur.

Free radical damage to the skin occurs from exposure to UV light, pollution, stress, excessive exercise, poor diet, smoking, infra-red, x ray, alcohol, medication, inflammation, for example.

So, we need to neutralise the free radicals. All sounds very Star Trek! But it is of vital importance to our health. Because Oxidative Stress doesn’t just apply to our skin – but to all cells within the body.

Antioxidants neutralise free radicals. How do they do that?

An antioxidant will donate an electron without becoming a free radical itself.  Humans can’t manufacture antioxidants, we depend on their consumption through fruit and vegetables.  Many would say that it is difficult to obtain sufficient antioxidants these days as intensive farming and increased urbanisation has depleted our soil, while a more stressed society and processed foods depletes our digestive system’s capability.  Therefore, we are can’t provide our body with the essential nutrition required to counteract free radical activity. So this means we also need to think about supplementation.  And that’s a whole topic in itself.

We can also increase our Antioxidant usage by topical application to the skin. This is why you will see many products stating the word Antioxidant on the label. The quality of the antioxidant ingredients, their molecular size and therefore ability to be used by the skin’s cells all affect the efficacy of a topical product. And there are many sources of antioxidants so a product with a broad range of Antioxidants is best.

To quote Dr Des Fernandes, the founder of Environ skin care, plastic surgeon and skin cancer specialist, we need the Antioxidant Brigade!!

“This is the antioxidant network of the skin which comprises Glutathione, Coenzyme Q10, vitamin C, vitamin E and Alpha Lipoic Acid which recycle each component’s antioxidant activity. This is fortified by carotenoids and altogether, the network and carotenoids protect vitamin A in the skin.”

Another interesting fact is that whilst the use of SPF on a daily basis is vital, research is showing that the addition of antioxidants is even more effective than sunscreen alone, when protecting the skin from cancer.

Well by now, I hope you can see that Antioxidants are our natural protectors and vital to our overall health and healthy skin. So, here’s a few tips: 

  • Base your diet on whole foods in forms of fresh fruit and vegetables and good quality proteins. 
  • Minimise and ideally eliminate processed foods.
  • Keep hydrated. The body and skin cells need water to do their work.

Key nutrients in your diet that help support high antioxidant activity are:

  • Turmeric - containing the active ingredient curcumin. This spice is known, improving cognition and reducing the signs of ageing.
  • Vitamin C - improves immune cell function (neutrophils & lymphocytes), reduces tiredness and fatigue, acting as a co factor for iron absorption and supports collagen formation.
  • Vitamin D - appears to enhance immunity and inhibits the development of autoimmunity where the body turns on itself and destroys healthy tissue.

Take a look at your skincare. Is it giving your enough of the essential vitamins (A, C, D, E) needed for healthy skin?

Want to see Antioxidants at work on your skin? Book an Environ Active Vitamin Facial now and learn more.

Make sure to give me a call on 01748 889350 or send me an email at 

Thank You,

Kathy x

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Environs New Mobile Skincare Device

As a Bronze IIAA Salon, I’ve had an exclusive preview of the brand new Environ Electro-Sonic DF Mobile Skincare Device.

I know many of you have seen real change in your skin since using Environ homecare and having in-salon treatments, so I think you are going to love being able to maintain the effects at home with this new device!

The new device is a handheld version of the sonophoresis and iontophoresis treatment I have on offer in the salon. You will love the convenience of supporting your facials at home with Environ’s latest innovation in beauty technology.

The device itself works in the same way the larger model does by using electro-sonic technology to assist in delivering essential nutrients to where skin needs it most. This is a straight forward scientific device that has been tested in the Environ laboratories.

The product’s main launch is on February 1st, so it could make a great late Christmas treat or Valentines gift for yourself or a loved one. We are taking Pre-orders with a £30.00 deposit as we know on release this device will sell out fast.

Make sure to also look out for my video demonstration of the device coming soon.

Introducing the Electro-Sonic DF Mobile Device

Getting familiar with your DF Mobile Device

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Our Favourite Stocking Fillers for Under £25!

One of our favourite things about Christmas is opening up a stocking filled with lovely treats. Whether it’s a gorgeous new shade of nail varnish or a pot of something lovely for our skin, we can’t help but feel a flutter of childlike excitement at what will be hidden at the bottom of our stocking each year.

Here are some of the treats we hope we will get this year, and we feel sure your loved one would like these too, best of all, they are all £25 and under!

First on our list is the new PureMoist Lipstick from Jane Iredale in shade ‘Gwen’. This is a stunning candy apple red and perfect for Christmas day kisses! The casing is gorgeous and glitzy too, everything a Christmas treat should be. 


After slaving away in the kitchen over Christmas, our hands can always use a little TLC and we are willing to bet your loved ones could do with this too! Thank goodness for the Pinks Boutique Try Me Manicure Set. It has 5 mini products all designed to rejuvenate tired hands and leave them feeling silky smooth. It comes gorgeously packaged too, so there is no need to spend time wrapping! 


Now as much as we love Christmas. There is no denying it can be ever so slightly stressful! We love the Remedies to Roll from Neal’s Yard and think they might just be the ultimate stocking filler. They are handy travel sized roll ons and are perfect to pop in your handbag for an on the go remedy! There are 5 roll ons to choose from, each with a unique blend of essential oils. Our top pic for Christmas would be the Relaxation Remedy, but there are roll ons for a quick energy boost, one to help you drift off to sleep and one to give you energy in the morning if you are suffering from ‘mulled-wine-flu’… 


They say good things come in small packages and when it comes to the Neal’s Yard Wild Rose Beauty Balm Mini Gift Set, we would have to agree! This comes in a gorgeous presentation box with glitzy details that scream Christmas.  This set is a mini version of the cult favourite beauty balm that leaves you with a glowing and radiant complexion.


When we think of Christmas we think glitter! Glitter, glitter everywhere, including our makeup! That’s why we are crossing our fingers that this year Santa will be slipping the Limited-edition glitter lip trio from Jane Ireadle into our stocking. This trio has three easy to wear colours, there is a pale pink for during the day, a shimmery mocha for a bronzed-up glow and then a vibrant vampy red for Christmas parties. Best of all they are just £19.95 for all 3.


Friday, 28 July 2017

Guest Blog: Scarlett’s Jane Iredale Tantasia Review

Confession time, my name is Scarlett, and I am a fake-tan-aholic. In my battle against my pale skin I have tried countless fake tan products, from spray on mist tans to mousses and everything in between! I have tried both cheap and high-end products in my quest for the perfect natural looking glow and had my fair share of tan disasters along the way…

It was last year that Kathy first introduced me to the Jane Iredale fake tan, Tantasia. I have to admit, I was sceptical that a product with all-natural ingredients would be able to give me the colour I craved (I like to look like I have a tan rather than a subtle glow!) but I decided to give it a try.

I initially tried applying this tan with gloves but soon found the silky formula applied more evenly using my tanning mit. As I worked the product into my skin it deposited a guide colour that was a beautiful golden shade and very different from some of the very obvious fake tan shades I have been used to! Infact the colour was so gorgeous that after allowing it a few minutes to dry I was able to get dressed and show off my new glow. The guide colour meant I didn’t miss any bits too and have tell tale signs that my tan was fake!

What I also noticed immediately about Tantasia was the scent. If you have used fake tan products before you will know that no matter how they try and disguise the developing scent there is an unmistakable aroma of biscuits as your tan develops, but not with Tantasia. Tantasia has a beautiful fruity scent that is completely different from any fake tan I have ever used, and best of all it didn’t change through the day.

After allowing the Tantasia a full 8 hour development time I showered and removed the guide colour. My final tan was a beautiful natural shade that made me look as though I had just returned from a fortnight somewhere tropical!

If you are looking for a fake tan product that gives you an even sun kissed look then this is the product you have been looking for. The natural ingredients also leave your skin feeling beautifully smooth and moisturised which I’m sure was the reason the tan lasted so long.